heroin addictionWith the opiate epidemic being as intensive and as dangerous as it is in recent years, opiates, mainly heroin and pills, have been the number one cause of accidents and deaths in the drug abuse arena.  It has also been the number one reason why addicts go to rehab, and the number one reason why they call addiction help hotlines.

It is a wonderful coincidence that we have addiction help hotlines now.  We didn’t have them a few years ago.  They couldn’t have come at a better time, being that heroin abuse is so horrendous right now.  Truth be told, these hotlines save tens of thousands of Americans every year from dying from an overdose by getting them into rehab.

The Truth About Heroin Abuse

For some facts and statistics on heroin abuse and on prescription drug abuse in the nation and why we need addiction help hotlines:

• Nearly 9 out of every 10 poisoning deaths in the United States are actually caused by drugs, (both illicit and prescribed).  True enough, between 2001 and 2010, drug poisoning deaths in the U.S. almost doubled to now measure nearly 17,000 deaths in 2010, and then over twenty-five thousand in 2015.  Moreover, opioid analgesic pain relievers were involved in more drug poisoning deaths than any other drug at all, including heroin and cocaine both.

• Greater Chicago has easily by far the highest number of emergency-room visits related to heroin in the entire country with 24,627 visits in the year of 2011 alone, (the latest year for which records exist), compared with 12,015 in the much larger city of New York. In Chicago 35% of substance-abuse treatment admissions are for heroin, compared with only 16% nationwide.

• Sadly, the sale of prescription opioid painkillers have increased by 300% since 1999, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), even though the overall amount of pain Americans report to their physicians has not changed at all.

• No less than three-quarters of heroin addicts used to take prescription drugs and switched to heroin instead, which is cheaper and more easily available on the black market too.  In fact, a gram of pure heroin costs less than half what it did in the 1980s, in real terms, and that’s with inflation induced too. “This is a doctor-caused epidemic,” according to the CDC. In states with higher prescription rate of opioid painkillers, such as Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, the number of heroin addicts is much, much higher too.

• The CDC says that males, non-Hispanic whites, 18- to 25-year-olds and people living in large metropolitan areas are easily at the most risk for heroin addiction, which covers most of the entire U.S. now.  Heroin addiction now spans all ages, races, genders, incomes, insurance statuses and locations too, whereas before the turn of the century it used to be much more localized.

• The Midwest has the worst opiate problem in the nation.  According to a study published recently, Illinois dropped from the 28th in the nation for providing state-funded treatment for addiction to the 44th in just five years alone. Illinois is easily the least equipped state in the Midwest to provide treatment for the growing number of heroin addicts, yet it is the worst state in the nation for heroin trafficking and addiction.  Indiana is only slightly better, as is the case for most Midwest states.

What This Means

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), the opiate problem in the United States, (that includes heroin abuse), is an actual epidemic.  To address this, absolute rehabilitation and recovery will be needed.  Thankfully, addiction help hotlines are there to offer the help that is needed here.  With addiction help hotlines, any addict anywhere who suffers with any kind of addiction problem can get help from a hotline with finding a rehab program to go to immediately.

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